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“Footwork Pattern” in Table Tennis (Part 1)


Welcome to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today is our Ping Sunday. First of all, I
want to thank “Mervyn” who has designed this amazing intro-video. He also designed the
new banner for our YouTube channel. The number one focus in Chinese table tennis
is footwork. Your footwork should be
“quick” and “precise”. I have shown to you the “ladder drills” to
train quick footwork. Today, you will learn the 4 fundamental “footwork
patterns” that you should follow to have the “precise” movement. Korean, Japanese and Chinese players train
footwork a lot. For example, this drill helps
you to increase the response rate of the muscle receptors. The muscle spindle
receptors and Golgi tendon organs all send information about the state of the muscle
to the central nervous system. All muscles, with the exception of extraocular
and facial musculature, contain these types of receptors. Golgi tendon organ senses muscle
tension and the rate of change of muscle tension, which is very important in table
tennis. “Footwork pattern” in table tennis
You have known the methods to improve the agility of your footwork. Now, you must
learn the optimal way to move and position your legs, it’s called “footwork patterns”. Some players asked me “I play very well in
the training, but in the real match, I play badly, I miss the ball, and can’t attack the
ball”. There are many reasons for that. The
main reason is, for the amateur player, they don’t know how to move after the service. You should move to the optimal position right
after your service. One of the biggest
mistakes during training is people groove their Forehand topspin with their feet
planted like trees in one place. So in the real match, they don’t know how
to move, and can’t play efficiently. “Footwork pattern” for Forehand service If you use the Forehand serve, you stand close
to the table. After your service, you
need to get into the ready position to attack the next ball as soon as possible. The
first “footwork pattern” is called “2 steps pattern”, composed of “1 big step of the
right foot”, and “a small jump of both feet”. The “big step” quickly change the service
stance to the ready stance. And the “small jump” adjusts your feet and
your body to the coming ball. Use “2 STEPS PATTERNS” to quickly come back
to the ready position after your service. If you use more than 2 steps (3-4 steps) to
come back to the ready position, you are too slow. Reduce to the “2 steps pattern”. If you use 0 step (just stay at the same
position after the service), then you can’t attack the next ball. This position is too close
to the table so you need to step back. Want to know how many steps you use after
the service? Easy, take your iPhone and film yourself in
the real match. “Footwork pattern” for
Backhand service You normally stand at the middle of the table
for your Backhand service. You need also
quickly come back to the ready position after this service. Use the “2 steps pattern”,
move your left foot forward as the big step, and the small jump of the both feet as the
small step. The advantage of Forehand serve is: many variation
and deceptive spin. The advantage
of Backhand serve is: quickly recover to the ready position. Using the backhand serve,
you don’t need to step back a lot like the forehand serve. If you have a slow footwork,
use more backhand serve in your match. The reason why the Chinese players are so
quick is they always come back to the ready position after the shot. They prepare in advance. They always make the “little jump” to
adjust to the next ball. This “small jump” is another example of “micro-adjustment”
I’ve talked before, which decide the quality of the player. Some players just step back but forget the
small jump. This “small step” is very
important, and to do that efficiently, you should move on your toe, but not on your
heel. Look at this coach, she steps back right after
her service, makes a little jump, forehand topspin, and immediately, make another
small jump to equilibrate and prepare for the next shot. Look at this coach, she steps back right after
her service, makes a little jump, forehand topspin, and immediately, make another
small jump to equilibrate and prepare for the next shot. You can clearly see that the center of the
gravity is transferred from the right foot to the left foot during the forehand
topspin. For the backhand topspin, the center of the
gravity is in the middle, the legs are parallel, but you should also make the small
steps. After your shot, you need
come back to the ready position. To the return the ball at your wide side,
you should use also the “2 steps pattern”, put
your right foot forward, lean your body, return the ball and quickly come back to the
ready position. Remember: Keep your elbow close to the body. That’s the foot will make you get into
the position, but not the forearm. Some players just stand at the same position
and put the elbow forward, this way will decrease
the consistency of your shot. The stroke
mechanism should be the same at any position on the table, use only the footwork to
move. So today, we have discovered the first footwork
pattern in table tennis: the “2 steps patterns”. This pattern should be used after your service,
or after your service-return. It consists of one big step and a small jump. That it’s for today, see you next weekend.

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